Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Last Night's Austin .Net Meeting

Last night Stephen Balkum and Eric Heater presented an overview of a high capacity, high availability web site built with .Net 1.1.
They emphasized buying products over building if you don't have the time or money to create what you really want. They recommended the following tools:
Akamaicaching of static files, like gifs
epsilon email sending and racking. epsilon works with mail hosting companies to make sure their email is not locked as spam
Gemini for issue tracking
Seleniumpure JavaScript implementation of GUI esting inside a browser
psexec from sysinternals for remote execution of windows commands.
LinkSleuth for link testing (free)
System.Managemnet.ManagementScopenamespace in .Net for application health monitoring
Camtasia for creating a web demo.

To me the most interesting was the demo of Selenium, which I've heard much about, but this was the first time I'd seen it.
Selenium IDE for Firefox for creating Selenium scripts from http://openqa.org/.

At one point Eric asked how many people use Firefox. About 80% of the attendees raised their hands.
Eric repeat the adage, "If it's a pain, do it all the time", as he talked about their build and deploy system.

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